The Secret Pirate by Elli Woollard

The Secret Pirate

Written by Elli Woollard
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Part of the Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate Series

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June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it takes her all night – and no matter what her teacher Miss Lubber says. Lil is able to defeat Stinkbeard, once using school dinner as ammunition, and still come first in the sack race! Is Lil really a pirate? Parents and children might disagree, but everyone will enjoy her antics. Told in jolly rhyme that makes reading the stories particularly fun and easy and with lively black and white illustrations on every page these are the perfect step up from picture books to chapter books.

Readers who enjoy Lil’s adventures will also like the Squishy McFluff stories and Alex T Smith’s series about Claude. ~ Andrea Reece


The Secret Pirate by Elli Woollard

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil's teacher, it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it's sports day, but there's a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.


The rhyming text and detailed drawings provide guidance and encouragement to youngsters transitioning from supervised to independent reading. Imaginative, witty, entertaining and lots of fun. BookTrust Anderson's illustrations burst with energy and humour The Bookseller Two rip-roaringly rhyming and brilliantly illustrated stories for younger readers in one fabulous book Phoenix Comic Told in jolly rhyme that makes reading the stories particularly fun and easy and with lively black and white illustrations on every page these are the perfect step up from picture books to chapter books. LoveReading4Kids

About the Author

Elli Woollard

Elli Woollard grew up in London, and now lives there with her four crazy but wonderful children, her meteorologist husband and two guinea pigs. Slightly more excitingly, she also lived for seven years in Thailand. A graduate in social anthropology, she has worked variously as a teacher of English as a foreign language, a copywriter, an editor and a freelance Thai to English translator. Woozy the Wizard is her first book.

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Book Info


96 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

19th May 2016




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